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Apple's $499/$599 iPhone still on track for late June

Apple's iPhone has been surrounded in a thick cloud of hype ever since it was announced in early January. The phone was announced at MacWorld 2007 in January, but it was all the talk at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas which was being held at the same time.

From the beginning, Apple said that the iPhone would ship in June of this year and would be a Cingular Wireless (AT&T Wireless) exclusive phone. Late last month, an unofficial launch date of June 11 was reported by CNET. The launch would coincide with Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco which is slated to run from June 11 through June 15.

Things took an even more interesting turn when Apple announced that it would delay the launch of its OS X 10.5 Leopard operating from June until October. At the time, the iPhone was blamed for the delay. "iPhone contains the most sophisticated software ever shipped on a mobile device, and finishing it on time has not come without a price -- we had to borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS(R) X team," said Apple on April 12.

Apple noted at the time that a "late June" launch date was in sight for the iPhone. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer reiterated yesterday that the iPhone will indeed ship in late June. "We look forward to shipping the iPhone in late June and are very excited," said Oppenheimer.

Oppenheimer also noted that the company's impressive gross margin of 35 percent would not be sustainable going forward due to fluctuations in component prices.

Apple's iPhone will be priced at $499 for the 4GB model and $599 for the 8GB model -- both prices are with 2-year contracts. The phone doubles as a portable audio player (a la the iPod) and includes a 3.5" 320x480 display, WiFi and OS X. The exact processor used by the phone is unknown at this time, but it is likely some variant of Marvel's PXA320.

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There is a lot more to it!
By Senju on 4/26/2007 3:57:06 PM , Rating: 2
This is Apple first generation iphone. They probably have lots of things they wanted to put into it but is waiting put it in the next gen. Apple is also making aggreements with Softbank behind the scenes. SoftBank will come out with a Japanese iphone this fall. The first gen will be Apple's learning experience in the new market but do not underestimate them. 3 years down the line, you may see it take a big share. They start small but Apple knows how to grow so it will be interesting to watch.

I will get the iphone simply because it is the coolest ipod so far which happens to be a phone. I would love to have a good mobile web browser as well which it can provide.

That being said, Docomo is not standing still. They already have a touch phone in Japan. Also, you can use it as your monthly train pass, buy coffee, buy stuff at a vender machine buy just placing your phone on it. Other things that iphone does not have;
OneCega TV - Very good picture quality TV (here in Japan)

RealTime Navigation - On my Japanese phone, I can navigate realtime. I can pinpoint on a map, where I am and tell my freind exzactly where I am (to meet me).

Video Conferecing - not just phone conferencing with iphone
But picture - to - picture calls have been out already here for 2 years.

This list can go on and I am just talking about what Japanese phones can to TODAY in existing markets. So iphone has some compitition here!

However, APPLE has establish a very good "BRAND NAME" and Japanese love new gaget phones. It will be a hit here, even with the compitition. What the iphone has done, is made a already aggressive Asia market even more. :D This will be good because it will bring prices down!

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